Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Turntable Fun

During the holidays I went Thrift store shopping and finally found an old turntable. For set up I placed a paper plate on the centre and poked it on to the spinning post. But when I turned it on the paper plate didn't spin with it. A little tape underneath the plate fixed that.
It really attracted a few of the boys that don't normally go to the art area on their own. Here is dad showing his little one how to turn it on.
I filled squeeze bottles with different coloured paints. The little one held the bottle above the turntable and watched it drip on to the paper plate.
Then we were thinking of what else we could use and tried a paint brush. What a great way to mix the colours.
Then we tried a long coffee stir stick and discovered that it would make marks in the paint.
So using both the paint brush and the stick we could keep starting new pictures.
We learned a couple of things about the turntable. If you pressed down hard with your brush then the table stops spinning or if you used your brush and pushed the turntable you could make it spin in the other direction.
The only thing I wish is that it was an older turntable that included the 78 speed setting. The need for speed.


  1. This is amazing. I wish I still had an old record player. This looks like so much fun!

  2. I let the kids hold markers on it one at a time while it spins on the fastest setting. You have to make sure they hold them on the paper gently though or it will stop it. They do get the hang of it quickly. It ends up looking like a lollipop. It is very cute.

  3. We'll keep trying different tools to use on it - the markers for sure and crayons or pencil crayons to see how they work. I was wondering about bingo dabbers since they are quite moist that they might work well.
    Or maybe eye droppers,
    Or feathers dipped in paint,
    The turntable now has a permanent spot in the room so we'll see what the children and their families think of to use.

  4. Looks like great messy fun!!! Another way to keep our record players in use =) Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog!!!